Analysis and Design of Building Structures I

The course introduces students to the analysis and design of structural elements and systems. The fundamental principles of statics and equilibrium are considered first, followed by a review of loads. These concepts are applied in the context of 2-D trusses. The review of internal forces and moments as well as material strength and stiffness is then followed by the design and analysis of statically determinate steel and timber beams. Students learn to design these systems for allowable deflections, shearing and bending stresses. Column design then introduces the concept of buckling and bracing in depth. System design issues are addressed throughout the semester using contemporary case studies. Stability with respect to lateral loads is addressed in depth. The course concludes with the application of all course material in a design and analysis project.